Case Author(s): John Lahorra, MD and Jerold Wallis, MD , 6/23/95 . Rating: #D2, #Q3

Diagnosis: Adult polycystic kidney disease

Brief history:

Lung cancer


Whole body bone scan

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Full history/Diagnosis is available below

Diagnosis: Adult polycystic kidney disease

Full history:

Patient with adult polycystic kidney disease on peritoneal dialysis, being evaulated after recent diagnosis of lung cancer.


Tc-99m MDP


There is nonvisualization of the kidneys. The flanks are bulging slightly. There is no evidence of bony metastases.

CT scan of the abdomen (see followup image) demonstrates bilateral, enlarged, cyst-replaced kidneys consistent with the patient's adult polycystic kidney disease.

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Major teaching point(s):

In addition to viewing the bones, some attention to soft tissue uptake (or in this case, lack of soft tissue uptake) is useful.

ACR Codes and Keywords:

References and General Discussion of Bone Scintigraphy (Anatomic field:Genitourinary System, Category:Normal, Technique, Congenital Anomaly)

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